NPA March Digest Bulletin

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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

March 2018 Issue

News and Announcements

Colorectal Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and that it is the second leading cause of death from cancer?


National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month. Join the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to raise awareness about kidney disease and women’s kidney health.


HHS/OMH: National Lupus Training, Outreach, and Clinical Trial Education Program

For assistance with your application, please watch the Technical Assistance and Evaluation Basics webinars. Deadline is March 30, 6:00 pm ETLearn more


HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM): Southeastern/Atlantic Region Health Information Outreach Award

This award provides support for projects that improve health information literacy and it increases the ability of patients, family members, students, health professionals, and the general public to find and use health information. Deadline is April 15Learn more.


Mobile Tool for Opioid Use Disorders

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2015, nearly 2.4 million Americans had an opioid use disorder, and close to 80 percent of these individuals did not receive treatment. SAMHSA has developed MATx, a mobile app that allows healthcare practitioners to provide effective, evidence-based care for opioid use disorders. Watch this video to learn more about this mobile tool for providers.


Black History Month Commemoration Event

To commemorate Black History Month, OMH Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and OMH Director Dr. Matthew Lin hosted a livestream event to highlight HHS, OMH, and the NPA’s efforts to improve the health of the nation and advance health equity in communities of color. 


RHEC IV Cultural Competency Resource Guide to be Translated into Four Languages
The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) will disseminate its Cultural Competency Resource Guide in English and four other languages – Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese – making it accessible to numerous underserved communities throughout Region IV.


New HHS Leadership

The NPA welcomes both Alex M. Azar, II, JD, as the Secretary the US Department of Health and Human Services, and Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, as Assistant Secretary of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services:


The NPA Winter 2018 Newsletter is now available:

NPA Blog

Dr. Lin’s Op-Ed on Partnerships for Health

OMH Director Dr. Matthew Lin has posted an op-ed to the OMH Blog for Health Equity around enlisting the support of individuals, as well as community and regional partners, throughout the country to help promote healthy lifestyles. The blog, the result of an NPA and OMH partnership with Univision, is dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities and sharing the views, stories, and ideas that unite us toward a common goal of improving the health of all Americans.

Housing and Health Blog Post

In February, we highlighted Part I of Untangling the Link between Housing and Health: An Interview with Veronica Helms, Social Science Analyst, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and FIHET member. See Part 2 here:


Did you miss an NPA Blog post by an RHEC member? Find them in the recent announcements.


Check back soon!


Equity in Quality Healthcare Quality Improvement Efforts

The Great Lakes RHEC hosted a webinar on health equity on March 23 Moderators were Shaan Trotter, Administrative Director, Office of Equity and Minority Health, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and James Bell, Director of Policy and Engagement, Michigan Public Health Institute. Presenter was  Dr. Knitasha Washington, Founder and CEO, ATW Health Solutions. Find the recording at 


Black Men’s Health Summit

The Howard University School of Social Work: Addressing Black Men’s Health: The Time is Now summit will take place on Friday March 30 from 8:00 am to noon. Two expert panels of black male scholars will present findings from their field experiences and scholarship that provide the framework for a public health social work model that aims specifically at reducing disparities. #npa4health


CDC Public Health Response Technical Assistance

CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is pleased to announce that CDC-RFA-OT18-1804, Technical Assistance for Response to Public Health or Healthcare Crises, has been published.


Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Populations Clinical Trial

NIMHD is now accepting applications for the Health of Sexual and #GenderMinority (SGM) Populations funding opportunity. Learn more about key dates and eligibility!

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HRSA Health Equity Report Published

HRSA’s Office of Health Equity has released its 2017 Health Equity Report. The report presents a comprehensive analysis of HRSA’s program efforts in reducing health disparities and promoting health equity for various populations at the national, state, and local levels. Download the report:


HRSA SDoH Article Published

HRSA Office of Health Equity also has published an article focused on social determinants of health (SDoH):

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